Paper Mache Rock Creatures

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

C.1 Engage in full iterative cycles* of the artistic/creative process by problem seeking, exploring, making analytical, application, aesthetic, and design choices, before completion.

 

C.4 Use the best available and appropriate instruments, resources, tools, and technologies to facilitate critical decision-making, problem solving, editing, and the creation of solutions.


Objectives:

Students will learn how to paper mache and make a three dimensional free standing Rock Creature form. Students will be successful working in pairs or small groups to create a Rock Creature and background.

Vocabulary Words:

paper mache, three dimensional, form

Preparation:

Plastic grocery bags (1 per group), toilet paper rolls (2 - 4 per group), and newspaper, needs to be collected.

Materials and Resources:

·         example of rock creature

·         evaluation sheet

·         newspaper

·         toilet paper rolls (2 – 4 per group)

·         plastic grocery bags (1 per group)

·         scissors

·         masking tape (1 roll per group)

·         cardboard

·         paint, paintbrushes, and water cups

·         18x24” paper (2 per group)

·         crayons

·         markers

Motivation – Instruction:

Show example of Rock Creature, explain what Rock Creatures are and where they come from (Rock Creatures are the rocks we see every day, in our garden or in our driveway! Rock Creatures have lives just like you and me! They are students, parents, and even have jobs! We cannot see the Rock Creatures because they only come alive when humans are away!). Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

 

 

 

Procedure:

Day 1:

·         Show example of Rock Creature, explain what Rock Creatures are and where they come from (Rock Creatures are the rocks we see every day, in our garden or in our driveway! Rock Creatures have lives just like you and me! They are students, parents, and even have jobs! We cannot see the Rock Creatures because they only come alive when humans are away!).

·         Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.

·         Divide students into groups of 2. Pass out 1 plastic grocery bag to each group, a pair of scissors to every student, and a small stack of newspaper to each group.

·         Teacher will demonstrate how to cut strips of paper (cut newspaper in half first, then into strips (about 8 across).

·         Students will cut strips of newspaper in their groups and place the strips in their bags.

Day 2:

·         Students will finish cutting their strips.

·         Each group will receive another plastic grocery bag and more newspaper. Groups will stuff the plastic grocery bag with crumpled newspaper until it is very full! Students will then tie their bags closed and tape the ends down with masking tape.

Day 3:

·         Students will decide what occupation/job their rock creature will have (students need to give their rock creature a personality!). After the job is chosen, students will begin using newspaper, toilet paper rolls, cardboard, and masking tape to create the face, arms and hands, legs and feet of their rock creatures. Newspaper is formed and taped to make all the facial features (eyes, eyebrows, nose, and mouth). The toilet paper rolls are taped on their bags to make legs and arms. The cardboard is carefully cut out and taped to create hands and feet. Students may wish to add ears, hair, etc.

Day 4:

·         Teacher will demonstrate how to paper mache. Each group will receive newspaper to cover and protect their desks, a cup of liquid starch, and a bag of newspaper strips. Students will begin to apply paper mache to their rock creatures. (Clean up extra early on paper mache days to allow time for students to clean their desk area and themselves!)

Day 5:

·         Groups will continue to paper mache.

Day 6:

·         Groups will continue to paper mache.

Day 7:

·         Groups will finish paper maching.

·         Students will begin drawing the Rock Creature’s background or environment on the two 18x24” pieces of white paper that were taped together for them.

 

Day 8:

·         Students will finish drawing their Rock Creature’s background and begin coloring with crayon.  (The teacher will spray paint all the Rock Creature’s, outside after school, with “rock colored” paint.)

Day 9:

·         Students will finish coloring their backgrounds.

Day 10:

·         Students will begin to paint their Rock Creatures. Newspaper should be passed out again to protect the student’s desk. Each group will receive a cup of water, paper towel, paint brushes, and a tray of paint.

Day 11:

·         Students will finish painting their Rock Creatures.

Resources:

 Adapted from Bunki Kramer - http://lc_art_gallery.lcms.srvusd.net/KramerMain.html